Daily Trust agric con­fab be­gins to­mor­row

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Hus­sein Ya­haya

All is set for the 1st Daily Trust Agric Con­fer­ence and Ex­hi­bi­tion tak­ing place to­mor­row and Wed­nes­day. The event, which is in part­ner­ship with Fed­eral Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, will hold at NAF Con­fer­ence Cen­tre and Suites, Ah­madu Bello Way, along NEXT Cash and Carry Ex­press­way, Kado, Abuja.

The theme of the con­fer­ence is “Be­yond Crude Oil: How AgriBussi­ness can sus­tain Nige­ria’s econ­omy.”

Former Head of State, Gen­eral Ab­dul­salami Abubakar, will be the dis­tin­guished Guest of Hon­our, while Chief Audu Og­beh, Min­is­ter des­ig­nate and fore­most farmer, will be the dis­tin­guished guest.

The Chair­man, Honey­well Group Plc, Dr Oba Otudeko and Chair­man Na­gari In­te­grated Dairy Farms, Sen­a­tor Ab­dul­lahi Adamu will be Chair­men of Ple­nary for day one and day two re­spec­tively. The Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Fed­eral Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Ru­ral De­vel­op­ment, Arch Sonny Echono, is the Chief Co - Host and will also de­liver a key­note ad­dress.

The con­fer­ence has Speak­ers/ Dis­cus­sants drawn from both the pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors, that in­cludes, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cers ( CEOs) of Bank of Agri­cul­ture, (BOA), Nige­rian Agri­cul­tural In­sur­ance Cor­po­ra­tion, (NAIC), Nige­ria Com­mod­ity Ex­change, (NCEX), Nige­ria Ex­port Pro­mo­tion Coun­cil, (NEPC), the Academia among other top ex­ec­u­tives.

The con­fer­ence will also have in at­ten­dance mem­bers of All Farm­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria, (AFAN), Fed­er­a­tion of Agric Com­modi­ties As­so­ci­a­tions of Nige­ria, (FACAN), States Agri­cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Pro­grammes, fer­til­izer manufacturing or­gan­i­sa­tions, re­search In­sti­tutes, agro pro­cess­ing in­dus­tries/agro al­lied in­dus­tries, ex­perts in the agri­cul­ture value chain, univer­sity dons, NGOs, diplo­matic com­mu­nity, NGOs among other stake­hold­ers.

Ex­hibitors will also have the op­por­tu­nity to dis­play their prod­ucts, fly­ers and other cor­po­rate ban­ners at the event. It is also an op­por­tu­nity for the ex­hibitors to ex­plain more about those prod­ucts to stake­hold­ers and other in­vestors that are al­ready look­ing for op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in the sec­tor.

Par­tic­i­pants will brain­storm on the de­vel­op­ment of agri­cul­ture in Nige­ria and how the sec­tor can com­ple­ment crude oil as cash cow for Nige­ria’s econ­omy.

The com­mu­niqué ar­rived at the ses­sions will be com­mu­ni­cated to the Pres­i­dency in line with Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s vi­sion of di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of the econ­omy.

The Shehu of Borno, Abubakar Ibn Umar Gar­bai ad­dresses Imams, dis­trict and ward heads at the open­ing of an emer­gency meet­ing sum­moned by Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima at the Gov­ern­ment House, Maiduguri yes­ter­day, over at­tacks on wor­ship­pers in mosques by Boko Haram in­sur­gents.

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